Identification and Validation of Touring Competencies for Volunteer Docents in Art Museums Page: 4
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scale. Frequency distributions and priority rankings were used to
describe the importance given each statement by the respondents.
Below are summarized the findings:
1. All but two competency statements were accepted by the
majority of the respondents.
2. Of the four competency categories, the statements in the
affective attribute category received, on an average, the highest
3. Across all four competency categories, the statements re-
ceiving the five highest priority ratings specified that prospective
docents should (1) exhibit a positive and enthusiastic attitude toward
volunteer work, the museum, art in general, and the museum's collection;
(2) possess the ability to exhibit enjoyment for touring and help the
children enjoy the museum; (3) possess the ability to communicate a
positive and enthusiastic attitude toward the museum, the collection,
and art in general; (4) possess the ability to make children feel
comfortable in the museum; and (5) possess the ability to adjust the
content of the tour for children of different ages and different
4. The museum staff and volunteer docents were in close agree-
ment in their ratings on all the statements.
5. Varying amounts of museum experience accrued by the respondents
exhibited virtually no observable effect on the ratings.
6. There was no evidence to indicate a systematic relationship
between varying amounts of staff responsibility for supervision or
training of docent and the ratings on the statements.
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Bleick, Charles F. Identification and Validation of Touring Competencies for Volunteer Docents in Art Museums, dissertation, August 1979; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332350/m1/4/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .